you may want to look for a rural grain elevator, or Feed store. A smaller scale will give you more accurate weights than a large platform made for full length semis.
Talk to the man first, and tell him you want to weigh the total and each axle
separately. Ideally you want the weight
of the trailer all by itself too. Then you can calculate weight distribution on the TV, and figure the hitch weight.
CAUTIONS: the approach ramps both on and off the scale should be level with the scale platform. When weighing
the axles with some on and some off the scale; roll straight ahead or back do not turn the steering wheel, put your car in neutral, and stay off the brakes
, let it roll a few inches to stop. Otherwise you can throw the scale off by forcing the platform sideways.
Be sure you are fully loaded, and all passengers on board with the driver.
NOW, that you know the actual gross axle
loads, divide by two for the load on each tire, and adjust air pressures to the minimum allowable for those tires
. Your rig will ride smoother, less bounce. Just check tire temperatures after 50 miles or so of highway speeds. If they are too hot to hold your hand on, add some air to reduce sidewall flexing. Happy Trailering!
Originally Posted by WildBirder
I am wondering if anyone has experience getting there trailer weighed in Vancouver, BC. The government website for weigh stations is lacking and state "random hours" and has a a phone number that is "not in service". Today I checked out the scale on highway 99 just north of the George Massey tunnel. No luck. It's "closed" and the scale is turned off. I tried it.
I've heard to use transfer stations, landscaping yards or that the public scales can be used by anyone. I don't want to line up with the big rigs just be turned away. I also don't have the time to drive around looking for scales that are operable after hours.
Any real experience or knowledge would be appreciated.